140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Monday, September 22, 2008

Pets Used As Hospital Therapy


For many kids at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento, pets can improve patients' health and well-being
By KFBK's Debra Greene go to KFBK.com to listen to the report.
Monday, September 22, 2008



Marty and Brazel are hospital volunteers. They even have their own name tags, but they're not the typical volunteer. One's a dog and the other is a bunny. They come to Shriners Hospital to brighten the days of patients: children with burns, orthoepedic conditions and spinal cord injuries.

Pet Therapy coordinator Kathy Bones says studies suggest this improves patients' health; lowering blood pressure and the need for medication.

About 20 animal volunteers, dogs, bunnies and cats, alternate so that at least one pet is on the premises everyday.
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